Monday, 20 October 2014

Nigerian Breaks Academic Record At John Hopkins University

A 22-year-old Nigerian has emerged one of the top graduating students
of John Hopkins University in the United States. He obtained a Grade
Point Average of 3.98 out of a possible 4.0 to earn a degree in
Neurosciences, SEGUN OLUGBILE writes.

A 22-year-old Nigerian, Emmanuel Ohuabunwa, has made history at John
Hopkins University, United States of America. Ohuabunwa from
Arochukwu, Abia State, has done the nation proud by becoming the first
black man to make a Grade Point Average of 3.98 out of 4.0 to bag a
degree in Neurosciences in the university. He was also adjudged as
having the highest honours during the graduation that was held on May
24 this year.

For his efforts, he has won a scholarship to Yale University to pursue
a degree in medicine. Besides, he has been inducted into Phi Beta
Kappa Society, a prestigious honour group that features membership of
17 US Presidents, 37 US Supreme Court Justices, and 136 Nobel Prize

According to Wikipedia, The Phi Beta Kappa Society is an academic
honour society. Its mission is to "celebrate and advocate excellence
in the liberal arts and sciences" and induct "the most outstanding
students of arts and sciences at America's leading colleges and

It was founded at The College of William and Mary on December 5, 1776,
and thus it is the oldest honour society for the liberal arts and
sciences and among the oldest undergraduate societies in the US.

In an online interview with our correspondent, Ohuabunwa, who was born
in Okota, Lagos and attended Lilly Fields Primary School, Lagos, said
he left Nigeria after his junior secondary school education at Air
Force Comprehensive School, Ibadan, Oyo State.

"My parents moved the whole family when I was 13 years old. I was
about to begin SS1 at Air Force, Ibadan. When I got to the US, I was
enrolled with my age mates, which meant at 13, I was in middle school.
I went to Fondren Middle School, which was in the middle of the
ghetto. That was one of the darkest years for me because I encountered
a lot of peer pressure. Some of the students, ignorant about Africa,
bullied me and called me names such as 'African booty scratcher'
because to them, Africans were dirty and scratched their butts all the

"Some asked me if I lived in mud huts and ate faeces for breakfast. I
remember one day, when I was walking to the school bus, a boy came
from behind and punched me in the face, called me an African and
walked away. It took everything in me not to retaliate. I knew that
God had put me in the U.S for a purpose and it did not involve
fighting or selling drugs or doing the wrong things.

"My experience during that year gave me a thick skin. I learned to
stand for what I thought was right even when the opposition seemed
insurmountable. I also learned to look at the positive in all
situations. Even though these kids were bullying me, I was still
gaining an opportunity to school in America and nothing would stop me
from making the best of this opportunity.

"The shocker was that the kid that punched me in the face was black. I
would have expected the blacks to be nicer to me. Nevertheless, I
don't blame those kids because they were ignorant about Africa. All
they knew about us was the stuff they had watched on TV or
documentaries, showing primitive African tribes, living in the jungle
and making noises like monkeys.

"In regards to the whites, there might have been some minor episodes
but again I don't blame them for it because it is a problem with
stereotypes," he said.

But in spite of this humiliation and racial prejudice against him, the
first in a family of three was not discouraged. He faced his studies
and was always coming top in his class. After he completed his middle
school education, he passed the entrance examination to DeBakey High
School for Health Professions. It was at this school that his interest
in neurosciences and medicine started.

"By the second year of high school, we were able to interact with
doctors, nurses and other administrators in the hospital. The more I
learned about medicine, the more it felt like the thing God was
calling me to pursue and by being in the US I got a lot of people to
support me to do this. Even though in high school, I got to see
first-hand what it meant to be a doctor. We studied advanced anatomy
and physiology, learned medical terminology, and learned important
skills, such as checking blood pressure, pulse rate, and many more.

"I knew I wanted to go to the best school in the US. I had heard that
Johns Hopkins Hospital had been ranked the number one hospital in the
US for the past 21 years and I wanted to be in that environment.''

Worried that his parents might not be able to sponsor him to the
university, Ohuabunwa purposed to work very hard. He did and when the
result of the PSAT came, he performed so well that he won the National
Achievement Scholar.

By virtue of this award, he received certificates of recognition from
various organisations including senators from the Congress of both
Texas and the US. He also received scholarship from the University of
Houston; Rice University, Texas A&M Honors College and many more.

He had also won the Principal's Award during the annual awards
ceremony at DeBakey High School.

"During our graduation ceremony at DeBakey, I also won the Award for
the Most Outstanding Senior Young Man and the student volunteer award
for my volunteer activities in the State of Texas," he said.

But his breakthrough came when he won the Bill and Belinda Gates
Foundation full scholarship to any university of his choice. He worked
hard and gained admission to Johns Hopkins University to study

But why Neurosciences, Ohuabunwa said, "I studied Neuroscience,
because I was fascinated with the brain, its control of our behaviours
and how various diseases such as Alzheimer's disease, lead to a
decline in its activity. I also minored in Psychology because I wanted
to understand disorders in the psyche. What causes bipolar disorders
or schizophrenia. I did not just want to label them as crazy but to
understand what causes these conditions and how we can treat them,''
he explained.

On how he won the scholarship to Yale, Ohuabunwa said his 3.98 GPA in
Neurosciences, and many awards he had won and God's grace, contributed
to his winning the scholarship.

"As at the time of my application for medical school, I had a 3.98 GPA
of a 4.0. This made me the only black student inducted into the
prestigious Phi Beta Kappa. I was also awarded the Becker Family
Scholarship for being the most outstanding student in the Neuroscience
major at Johns Hopkins University. Furthermore, by God's grace, I took
the MCAT and scored in the top five percentile.

"That, combined with my hours of volunteer service in different
hospitals across the US allowed me to gain acceptance into every
medical school I applied to, including Harvard, Yale, Johns Hopkins,
Columbia, and Cornell. As the time came to make a decision, I had
narrowed it down to Harvard and Yale. Both schools, I enjoyed
visiting. Nevertheless, while my parents prayed, they asked God to
give us a sign of what school to attend. A few days later, I received
a letter from Yale Medical School, offering me a full ride scholarship
for all four years. That was the sign from God," he said.

But would he come back to Nigeria after the completion of his
programme, he said yes.

"I am absolutely interested in the health care policy decisions in
Nigeria. Because there are many changes that need to occur, I will not
rule out the possibility of coming back after my studies, in order to
join hands with the leaders to make these changes possible.''

He added that his ambition is to become a medical doctor specialising
in brain surgery.

He, however, advised Nigerian youths who have the wherewithal, to go
abroad to study. Ohuabunwa also called on wealthy Nigerians to invest
more in the education of the poor rather than in acquisition of
material things.

Ohuabunwa, however, said that his parents, who he described as his
greatest role models, contributed a lot to his academic feat through
Godly training, counsel and guidance. He also did not forget the
impact that his short stay at Air Force school had on him.

"I was definitely not the brightest at Air Force. At that time, I felt
like I spent more time running away from seniors than focusing on my
studies. Nevertheless, I learned three things at Air Force that have
served me well in the US. I learned discipline, adaptability and
resilience. These attributes helped me a lot in US," he said.

Russian Tennis Federation President Banned For Calling Serena and Venus Williams "Brothers"

Via ESPN reports:

Shamil Tarpischev was fined $25,000 for making the comments on Russian television. He said the sisters (Serena and Venus Williams) were “scary” to look at.
“I think the WTA did a great job of taking [the] initiative and taking immediate action to his comments,” Williams said Sunday in Singapore ahead of her WTA Finals defense. “I thought they were very insensitive and extremely sexist as well as racist at the same time. I thought they were in a way bullying.”

Asked whether he regretted his comments, Tarpischev told The Associated Press on Saturday at the Kremlin Cup that the program on which he spoke was “a humorous show.” When asked about his ban, Tarpischev said: “I can’t comment. I don’t understand it.”
In a statement released later by the Russian Tennis Federation, Tarpischev denied any “malicious intent” and said his quotes had been taken out of context.
The WTA said it would seek his removal as chairman of the Kremlin Cup tournament, which ends Sunday.

Russia’s Maria Sharapova, also in Singapore for the WTA Finals, condemned her compatriot’s comments.
“I think they were very disrespectful and uncalled for, and I’m glad that many people have stood up, including the WTA. It was very inappropriate, especially in his position and all the responsibilities that he has not just in sport, but being part of the Olympic committee,” she said.
Tarpischev has been chairman of the Kremlin Cup, Russia’s only WTA event, for all of its 18 years as a women’s tour event, and is also a member of the International Olympic Committee. During the 1990s, he was the personal tennis coach to Russian president Boris Yeltsin and served as his adviser on sports matters.

He made his comments during an appearance on a Russian talk show this month alongside former Olympic singles champion Elena Dementieva. When Dementieva was asked what it was like playing against the Williams sisters, Tarpischev interjected and called them the “Williams brothers.” He also said that “it’s scary when you really look at them.”


Singer Tuface Idibia Has Word For His Female Fans...

Tuface and wife, Annie

Singer, Tuface Idibia, popularly known as Tubaba, has something to say about handling his female fans:

“When I meet a female fan who is being unnecessarily familiar with me, I just greet her and move on with my life. If she is still being persistent, I would tell her that what she is looking for she cannot have. Then I introduce her to any of my single friends that is around,” he said.
After the hint, he went on to talk about his kids, marriage and dad, who recently passed away.

“Three of my children are already showing signs of being good singers without my interference. I would say I am a natural coach". 
He said:
"Marriage has made me calm and helped balance my life. I don’t do some certain things anymore because I am married.” 

Recalling the death of his father, he said that it was a painful period in his life and it was the last time he cried.

“The last time I cried was when my father died. When the doctor told me that he was dead, I could not believe it. It was then it dawned on me that I would not see him again,” he said.

He also told Saturday Beats, that if he had not been a musician, he probably would have been a goalkeeper.

Big ups Tubaba, that's the way to stay protected from the love showing ladies, if not, your career would be aborted!

Man Discovers Vampire Grave in Bulgaria

A skeleton with a stake driven through its chest has been unearthed in Bulgaria, in what archaeologists are terming a "vampire grave".

A "vampire grave" containing a skeleton with a stake driven through its chest has been unearthed by a man known as "Bulgaria’s Indiana Jones".

Professor Nikolai Ovcharov – a crusading archaeologist who has dedicated his life to unearthing mysteries of ancient civilisations – said that he had made the discovery while excavating the ruins of Perperikon, an ancient Thracian city located in southern Bulgaria, close to the border with Greece.
The city, inhabited since 5,000 BC but only discovered 20 years ago, is believed to be the site of the Temple of Dionysius – the Greek god of wine and fertility. And among the finds at the site, which includes a hilltop citadel, a fortress and a sanctuary, are a series of "vampire graves".

On Thursday Professor Ovcharov announced that he had found a remarkably-preserved Medieval skeleton at the site in what he termed "a vampire grave".

"We have no doubts that once again we’re seeing an anti-vampire ritual being carried out," said Professor Ovcharov. He explained that the metal was driven through the corpse to stop a "bad" person from rising from the dead and terrorising the living. Often they were applied to people who had died in unusual circumstances – such as suicide."

The skeleton, thought to be of a man aged between 40 and 50, had a heavy piece of ploughshare – an iron rod, used in a plough – hammered through its chest. The left leg below the knee had also been removed and left beside the skeleton.

"The ploughshare weighs almost two pounds and is dug into the body into a broken shoulder bone. You can clearly see how the collarbone has literally popped out." He added that he thought the grave dated back to the first half of the 13th Century.

Professor Ovcharov also discovered the remains of woman and a young child, laid out to create an image of the Virgin Mary and child. He said that this was done in an attempt to ward off the plague, which had started to ravage Medieval populations.

The find is the third such discovery in Bulgaria, and bears a strong similarity to two previous graves discovered in 2012 and 2013 in the Bulgarian seaside town of Sozopol, 200 miles to the east of Perperikon, which were nicknamed "the twin vampires of Sozopol".
According to Bozhidar Dimitrov, who runs the National History Museum in Sofia, about 100 such skeletons have been uncovered in Bulgaria.


How Easy Is It To Make Money On the Internet?

Yeah that's a good question; how easy is it to make money online? Some say it's REALLY easy while other's say it's close to IMpossible.

The bottom line is that people DO make money on the internet, and I'm not talking about online scams. I mean legitimately.

I've been on the internet now for like four years (goofing most of those years) and have learnt a major lesson:

To succeed in any online business, you will spend time, money and effort/energy in varying degrees. What I mean is you may spend more money than time and energy or you may spend more time than money or energy... But you will spend these three.

You also won't start making progress until you put what you learn to work.

In other words, running an internet company starts yielding fruitful results when you actually start to learn. It will take time, effort and money, but if you hang on, you'll learn to succeed.

So how do you learn?

You take advantage of articles, blogs, free and paid online courses, ebooks... Whichever suits your budget at any point in time.

You cannot learn everything about the internet in a day (ofcourse you know that), but you can act on information as it comes to for the results and modify your methods.

Ebooks are particularly my favourite because they help you keep information at arm's reach (you can print out the books and underline, mark and asterisk as you read!)

So ebooks are like handbooks or manuals that you can really refer to whether free or paid for.

"Zero to fifty in 30 days" is a challenge I've set myself to begin this period.

I like this book because it's full of action steps that keep you on your toes. You literally "follow the book"! You can appraise yourself and see how well you are performing.

You don't necessarily have to follow every single line, but it can give you a good start to making money online.

The zero to fifty in 30days provides guidelines for you to follow to make atleast $50 a day at the end of 30days.

Here's a bit of what you'll learn from this book:

*a simple 6-step process that anyone can follow
*Why this system will never saturate
*How to turn your $50 a day system into a successful business, earning you thousands of dollars a month
*How to leverage the system so you can build a thriving internet business that will continue to grow more revenue year after year

Are you ready to take the 30day challenge?

I made up my mind to take this challenge, I think you should too. Click here to start

WHO Declares Nigeria Ebola Free

Nigeria has been declared officially free of Ebola after six weeks with no new cases, the World Health Organization (WHO) says.
The WHO can declare an Ebola outbreak over if two incubation periods of 21 days pass with no new cases. The last reported case in Nigeria - Africa's most populous country - was discovered on 5 September.
The BBC's Will Ross in Lagos says the nightmare scenario of Ebola spreading through Nigeria's 170 million people has been avoided and the nation is heaving a collective sigh of relief.
The outbreak there began when Patrick Sawyer, an American-Liberian citizen, was diagnosed with the illness in July.
BBC News

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Amber Rose Has Something To prove...

Looks like Amber is at it again. She ain't going down without a fight. She wants the world to know that even though she's had a baby and going through a divorce with her one time boo, Wiz Khalifa, she still got what it takes.

Amber, last night shared some photos with her fans on instagram revealing that she will be on the cover of Australia’s Oyster magazine.

But it looks like her to be ex husband, Wiz Khalifa, isn't bothered one bit with the pending divorce, as he goes ahead to do a song with Future, titled, overrated.

On the track, Wiz seems to reveal that he is not the one for a relationship as he spits, “Ain’t one of them n-ggas, late night, stay on the phone witcha, I just wanna smoke the strong witcha but you’re always trippin’” while Future adds some eyebrow raising lyrics, ‘I knew you weren’t gone take it, after you stripped naked, You’re supposed to f-ck me like a star, girl you know you’re fakin,’ Your p-ssy overrated, Your p-ssy overrated”

I think these guys are just acting a script...everything is obviously orchestrated by the "big screen Hollywood"....puppets in human skin....just thinking...

Angela Simmons Puts Namibian Business Mogul On Lock Down

Looks like Angela Simmons, is going across continents to find love...

All the way in Africa, meet Angela's new boo and business tycoon, Knowledge Katti, 40. They were both seen together on Sunday, leaving a Beverly Hills restaurant driving in Angela's car.

The 40-year-old Namibian, is the founder and CEO of Kunene Energy, an oil and gas exploration and production company based in his home country. He’s also the executive vice president of an international gold exploration company called Giyani Gold Corp. And he’s not just keeping his coins to himself!

He also founded the Knowledge Foundation, a charity dedicated to promoting education and reducing poverty in both Namibia and the rest of Africa.

Knowledge, went on instagram last month and shared a photo of he and Angela, with the caption:

#DearLife – I learn a lot from friends on a daily basis. Happy to have gatecrashed @angelasimmons dinner party and learn more from cool, young and hardworking women #angelasbdaytakeoverMIA #supercoolfriends #happybirthday #Miami

Alicia Keys Holds Bring #BringBackOurGirlsNOW Campaign

The pregnant singer, who recently launched her We Are Here initiative, held a #BringBackOurGirlsNOW protest on Tuesday in New York on the six-month anniversary of the massive abduction. Alicia and protesters were out there to raise awareness and to remind people that the girls are still missing.

During an on-the-scene interview, the 33-year-old mom credited her 4-year-old son Egypt as being part of the reason why she decided to protest.

"Today is my son’s birthday and it is also making me stand in solidarity with all the mothers of the Chibok girls who have been abducted for six months and are still missing. And it is just outrageous that that’s going on. 
Some people have even told me they’ve heard things about ‘there’s been progress,’ but there hasn’t been progress because the girls aren’t back. 
So I think that we get mixed information. We don’t know, so we just have to keep being made aware of what’s happening".

Some people feel that though what she is doing is right, but charity begins at home....fight for our own lost girls first!            

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Amanda Bynes Accused Of Shoplifting $200 Hat From Barneys New York

Maybe it slipped her mind to pay...hmmm...

Embattled actress Amanda Bynes, found herself in yet another Big Apple bind Wednesday when she was accused of shoplifting from upscale Barneys New York, police said.

Bynes, was stopped by security at the Madison Ave. store after the “Hairspray” actress walked out wearing a $200 hat for which she had not paid around 2:30 p.m., police said.

Security guards brought Bynes, 28, back into the high-end store and called police, but the former Nickelodeon star told the guards she had accidently raced out of the front door wearing the hat to avoid fans that were chasing her, according to police.

The guards called off the cops when Bynes, agreed to sign a no-trespass agreement and never return to the store, cops said.

When you are in the spotlight, you are in the spotlight...


Kimora Lee Simmons Pregnant With Fourth Child

Hmm...she ain't kidding...

The 39-year-old model is expecting a little one with investment banker husband, Tim Leissner, People magazine confirmed.

"It's true. Pregnant, happy — so far so good," a source told the mag. "(She's) cautiously optimistic. (The) girls are ecstatic."

Lee and Leissner, secretly tied the knot in February and ironically Lee's first husband, Russell Simmons, was first to break the news via social media.

"All of us love @OfficialKimora but the fact is she is happily married. Tim, is has been family for a while now. #gossipcop....," he tweeted on Feb. 20.

Simmons and Lee, were married from 1998 to 2009 and share two daughters together, Ming, 14, and Aoki, 12.
After the two parted ways, Lee started dating actor Dijimon Hounsou, for more than five years.

The former pair never tied the knot but they did have a son together, Kenzo, 5, before their split in 2012.

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